Egg freezing is growing in popularity as more women choose to delay starting a family. Because the egg freezing process is largely unknown to the general public, these egg freezing FAQs can provide additional information about the process of fertility preservation.
Who should consider egg freezing?
Biologically, a woman is most fertile before age 35. As a woman ages, the quality of her eggs decreases, which can make becoming pregnant more difficult. Socially, more women are choosing to start their families after achieving personal and professional goals. Harvesting and freezing eggs while you’re young can ensure that you have healthy eggs available when you’re ready to start a family. Additionally, women who are undergoing cancer treatment should consider egg freezing. Chemotherapy and radiation can negatively impact egg quality permanently.
What is the process of an egg freezing cycle?
Before an egg freezing cycle is done, testing is performed to verify egg reserve and hormonal issues. Once the cycle begins, a woman is closely monitored and given fertility medication so that her body produces multiple eggs. The goal is to produce a large number of high quality eggs that can be frozen and stored. Once the eggs are mature, they are retrieved during an outpatient procedure. The process typically takes three to four weeks from beginning to end.
How are the eggs frozen?
Egg freezing is done using vitrification. Vitrification is a method of flash freezing eggs so that they cannot be damaged during the freezing process. A cryoprotectant is added to the eggs to protect them resulting in a 98 percent survival rate for the freezing and thawing process.
How long can eggs be stored?
When vitrification is used, eggs can be stored indefinitely. This provides women with the assurance they need that they will have eggs available when they’re ready to start a family.
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